Friday, March 20, 2015

Public Forum : The First Malaysian Human Development Report: REDESIGNING AN INCLUSIVE FUTURE

The Department of Development Studies & Centre for Poverty and Development Studies (CPDS),

University of Malaya

Welcome all to a public forum 

The First Malaysian


  • Tan Sri Dr. Kamal Salih , Adjunct Professor, University of Malaya 
  • Dr. Muhammed Abdul Khalid, Director of Research, Khazanah Research Institute 
  • Dr. Lee Hwok Aun, Senior Lecture, University of Malaya

    Date : Wednesday, 25 March 2015
    Time :    3:00 – 5:00pm
    Venue:   Lecture Hall 3 (Dewan Kuliah 3), Faculty of Economics & Administration, Uni Malaya

For decades, Malaysia generated economic growth, transformed its profile from a 

primary goods producer to a manufacturing exporter, reduced income poverty and 

inequality, raised education and health attainments, and moderated ethnic disparities. 

Growth has been sustained and shared through consecutive implementation of a series 

of development policies. However, socioeconomic progress has slowed down since the 

1997 Asian financial crisis. Notably, contemporary Malaysia sees persisting inequalities, 

especially of regional, gender and ethnic dimensions, and lagging development of human 

capability, of institutions fostering inclusiveness and of effective governance. Social 

exclusion, barriers to social mobility and economic insecurity stand in tension against the 

objective of greater inclusiveness woven through all development visions and plans.

Malaysia’s first Human Development Report defines inclusive growth as comprising 

equitable distribution of benefits of economic growth and of social spending across 

distinct income groups and the poor irrespective of their group membership; robust 

generation of broadly accessible opportunity for economic participation and safeguards 

for the vulnerable; and inclusion of citizens in policy formulation and implementation, 

towards minimizing social exclusion and increasing social cohesion. In accordance with 

the breadth of inclusive growth, we adopt a multidisciplinary and multidimensional 

approach encompassing economic, social, political and legal elements, highlighting 

regional, gender, ethnic and aspects of relative deprivation.


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